Why lack of sleep is bad for you and how can you combat it?

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What happens when you do not get sufficient sleep?

Exam time quickens students to study harder, even at the cost of their required hours of sleep.

Why should you sleep? and how much should you sleep during exams?
A human system isn't complete without a good night's sleep. It energises, strengthens your immune system, fights off illness, improves memory power, makes you think more creatively, helps you face the day confidently.

Try to get 7-8 hours rest and check how you feel. During exams, 6-7 hours should suffice. This would make you feel better, study well, and re-charge your energy to do things that you really want to do.

What happens when you do not get sufficient sleep?
There are physical and emotional health risks related to insufficient sleep. Other challenges would be like-

  • Decreased academic performance.
  • Increased stress. Lack of calmness.
  • Prone to health issues like depression and anxiety
  • Lowered immune system / Feeling of physical weakness
  • Possible automobile accidents, due to drowsy driving.
  • Chances of getting irritated or angered easily.
  • Quality of communication reduces

Few things to watch out for before going to bed:

  • Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine at night.
  • Write a sleep-schedule and follow it without compromise.
  • Set apart bedtime. Put books, computer, homework away at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
  • Exercise or work out during the day, not just before going to bed.

How sleep facilitates better academic performance?
Your performance in the school/college indirectly or directly depends on the hours of rest that you accumulate on a daily basis.

It helps you recall what you've studied, improves your alertness, concentration, and helps you get your scores higher.

When you sleep, the brain works to organise, stores, aligns what you have learned that day, making it easier to recall at a later time.

Sleep increases the likelihood of retaining information you learned more efficiently, study better, learn more sharply, and weed out inappropriate information.

Do not be sleep-deprived. Insufficient sleep impacts health, moods, and sound lifestyle. If you have sleeping disorders, it is better to consult a physician/clinician.

Getting enough sleep every night will help you keep up your records and improvises your report card. As a student, you'll have to make effort to get sufficient sleep every night.

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